Although it’s still winter I can’t help but think about how nice it will be when it’s spring. And spring means cheery, colorful flowers. I thought I’d create a scene with lots of flowers and gardens to help get through the rest of the winter. It’s a reminder that it won’t be long before there are blue skies, warm sunshine and the beginning of a new season.
I’m looking forward to spring – the sooner the better!
Last fall I was on a family visit to Massachusetts (my hometown is Lexington), and one afternoon I went to Rockport for a walk. It was a bright sunny day and perfect for seeing both the water and many of the interesting shops there. Since it was autumn the flowers looked like this:
I found some unique shops too – the candy store was one of my favorites!
But looking at the water provided some of the most charming views.
I’m really looking forward to visiting there again as soon as possible!
This is the first time that I’ve gone to the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. and it was beautiful! The cherry blossoms were simply spectacular, and walking around the Tidal Basin was quite an adventure. There were enchanting views of tree after tree in full bloom. Lots of other people were walking on the paths but there were plenty of opportunities to see the blossoms and take as many pictures as you wanted. It was a cloudy day and chilly as well, but since snow had been predicted it was a relief to just have cloudy skies with no precipitation. I bought a wool hat at Union Station to wear for the day and it helped me stay warm. Too bad I didn’t buy some gloves as well! I couldn’t help but take hundreds of pictures and my hands were cold, but it was worth it.
I’m not sure how far I walked but this was one of the views from the path:
Some of the trees were quite old and had interesting trunks.
It was a day I’ll always remember. I’d like to go back next year, preferably on a warm, sunny day!
There have been some interesting variations in the weather this January. First it was cold and snowy, then it got warm and over the weekend there was a tornado warning. Now it’s cold again and it might snow in a few days. After all this I’m hoping for an early spring! I’m going to Florida (Orlando) in a few days and it will definitely be warmer than it is here. I’ve checked the extended weather forecast and it should be warm and sunny while I’m there. I’m looking forward to seeing some flowers too. They are always so cheerful and provide a hopeful reminder that spring will be returning, and the sooner the better!
This time I’m talking about Red Canyon in Utah. I passed it on the road to Bryce Canyon and it looked so interesting I stopped there for a look around on the way back from Bryce. Red Canyon has some moderately easy walks and hikes, so I walked on one of the shorter trails. I liked this because I wanted to enjoy the views and take pictures without having to think about steep drop-offs! I even saw some wildflowers along the way, which I always enjoy wherever I am. Red Canyon had free admission and parking so I’d like to spend more time there the next time I’m in that area.
One of the nicest parts about summer is seeing all the flowers in bloom. Right now in my garden there are purple coneflowers, daisies, black-eyed Susans, bee balm, phlox and many other colorful flowers, all competing for space. Along with these plants are some interesting visitors such as butterflies, along with bumblebees and honey bees. One of my favorite herbs is lavender, and since there was so much rain this spring followed by sunshine they have really grown. Here is an assortment from my garden on a sunny day. I would have taken more pictures but I was chased away by a bee that didn’t want any humans around!
When I was in England this past March I spent most of my time in Kent. During the week I went to Rochester for a visit and it was a rainy day. I enjoyed visiting the Guildhall and the Cathedral but it was difficult to take many photos because of the weather. I had to find an entryway or another sheltered spot where I could put down my umbrella and take pictures. I didn’t end up venturing too far from where there were buildings and sidewalks. Still, I thought it would be nice to return on a sunny day because it was a charming place.
Look up to see this!
Castle in the rain
Gloomy yet dramatic
Along the sidewalk
Later in the week I had that opportunity so I took a train back to Rochester to see it in the sunshine. It was so different to see everything on a bright (and breezy) day! I took pictures of some of the same places I had just been to show the contrast. And even though it was March there were flowers so I’ve included a picture of them too. It was really interesting to see what a difference sunshine and blue sky made!
It isn’t quite spring yet but it won’t be long now! There have been some warm days recently and I’ve seen lots of cheery yellow daffodils in bloom, but because it is early March the days can be chilly. Still, it’s only a few weeks until the beginning of spring and then we’ll be seeing this:
Where does this path go…
Chelsea Flower Show scene
I’m going to England later this month and I’m looking forward to many new adventures.